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The last struggle

The last struggle
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): marmottelolo theme [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-08 15:22
Viewed: 6711
Favorites: 6 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In this picture you can see how the fish is trying with its last strength to loosen from the kingfisher's grip, it its struggle of life.
Well, it was its last struggle, because the kingfisher throw him couple of times on the branch and when the fish stopped struggling the kingfisher swallowed him and started to search for another victim...

You can see a full animation of this capture on the GIF file that is made from about 30 pictures:

I hope you will like it.

pvb, fartash, Kaszek, spalaxtr, nglen, Juyona, Hil, Proframe, Kathleen, Pentaxfriend, gurupawan, falke, horia, GLEM, marhowie, simon182, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-08 15:23]

selam elroyie; wow excellent shot of this kingfisher, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hi there
this is a excellent image,nice and simple.
Colour and exposure are good.
It tells a story of life and death.
This is nature
Well done.
Cheers Russell

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-08 15:34]

Hi Elroyie,
Without the fish this picture of this beautiful bird was already amazing and you managed to capture the kingfisher with lunch. Excellent capture and timing from you. Good shaprness and details.
TFS Paula

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-08 15:36]

Hi David
Very nice action shot.Sharp image with very nice details in the plumage.Colors are very nice.Excellent POV and nice blur BG colors.I like thoe drod of water in the air.
TFS Michel

Hello Elroyie
What a wonderful moment to shoot,
Great details, composition and DOF,
Fantastic colors and Bg,Superb shot.


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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-08 15:39]

Fool of action this shot. Suburb!!! All details, background, POV but most of all interesting point of the picture are there.
great posting.
TFS Reina

Great shot of the kingfisher David...I particularly like the animation provided by the water spray, excellent. Best, Brat.

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-06-08 15:49]

Hello Elroyie,
Fantastic shot. And fantastic moment too. Very good sharpness and POV. Nice colours and BG.
Well done!


Hi Elroyie,
This is a really great photo of beautiful kingfisher. Very nice compotsition and well BG. TFS. Mustafa

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-08 16:20]

Hi Elroyie. This is a excellent shot. the detail and sharp focus are spot on. Your timing is very good indeed. with a nice POV and DOF. The animation is great. TFS. very well done. good notes to.

Have a good weekend ,



Hi David,
This is a super catch the freeze frame is perfect especially on the nice soft background. I also really enjoyed the .gif animation showing the kingfisher knocking it prey unconcious. :)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-08 16:37]

Well caught Elroyie, this is an excellent shot with a super timing.This fish seems too big for this guy!! Congratulations, Didier.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-08 16:47]

Hello Elroyie,
Beautiful action-shot. Very sharp with a lot of details. Great POV and BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-08 16:59]

Hola Elroyie,
Una bella captua,
un espectáculo total...

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-08 17:24]

Hi Elroyie,

Superb capture of the beautiful Kingfisher with its lunch, very nicely presented with a great POV and a fine pose, very good detail and beautiful colours and lighting. I loved your link to the GIF file, great idea.

TFS Hilary :o)

Superb shot Elroyle.
Compo, deails, water drops that are flying around, exposure colors, soft BG color tones.........Everything fits together at a great way in this image.
Perfect work. Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards, have a great weekend, Harry

Hi Elroyie.
Excellent capture of this moment. DOF absolutly perfect, you can see all the drops of water from the struggling, the kingfisher stands out beautifully. Colour, lighting, detail, all spot on.
I would love to see a couple more of these photos, especially the one about 3rd in your GIF files where he brings his head down, water drops everywhere, catch light in the eye and a whole lot of action going on.

New Zealand

Witaj Elroyie!
WOW! Amazing formaldehyde! Beautiful frame. Dynamic picture. To be visible the drops of water. Sharp picture. Naturally pretty colours.
It congratulates and I greet - Roma

Hi Elroyie,

WoW what an amazing shot or should i say shots
SUPERB animation
Excellent sharpness and outstanding details
Lovely POV, pose, colours and BG

TFS Thijs

bonjour elroyie
juste magnifique.

Hi Elroyie,
This is a stunning action shot! The gif animation is also awesome. How did you manage to get an eye-level shot? Thanks for sharing this amazing photograph.
Cheers, Uma

beautiful catch
I lose the drops that shows the action very well.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-09 5:18]

Hello Elroyie,
another fine capture of yours. What I especially like is the drops of water flying around as a result for the struggle.
Nice blurred background and chosen pov for the light.
Regards, JAcob

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-06-09 8:10]

Incredible photo! Super pose with the fish the drops and all. Perfect colours both in the BG and on the bird. Composition is first class and the technique with exposure and sharpness are spot on!

This has to be a favourite!

Very well done! Regards/Bengt Falke

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-09 9:51]

Hola Elroyie. Bella y nitida foto de este "Martin Pescador" Exelente y fina imagen lograda. Luis52.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-09 10:16]

Hi Elroyie

A truely magnificent shot and moment!
I really love the way you managed to freeze the entire action and those little drops of water comming from the fish are actually the tiny details that make this such a fantastic catch!
Other than that, the usual perfect DOF and super sharpness that really make this a splendor!

Bravo and TFS

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-09 11:00]

hi Elroyie,
fantastique image, même avec le mouvement suggéré du poisson avec les gouttes d'eau tout est parfaitement net. Les couleurs sont aussi d'une grande qualité.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-06-09 16:42]

hi Elroyie
excellent image, fantastic colors and sharp

Hi Elroyie,
Excellent capture, and made all the better with the fish, the colour and sharpness are superb with a good DOF.
Tfs Andy

Superb nature photography Elroyie!
As always, excellent quality, and the moment captured is priceless :)

Hi Elroyie,

GREAT! Wish it was mine. What more is there to say.


Hello Elroyie , absolutely perfect photo , TFS with us.

Phenomenal shot Elroyie!
Really stands out as a quality bit of wildlife photography.
Moments like these require great skill to capture and you've nailed this superbly!
The sharpness contrasted with the smooth pastel BG works wonderfully.
Great stuff.

Hello Elroyie,

Beuaitul shot!!! Excellent timing!! love the droplets of water from the fish and on the kf's chest!!

Face of the Kf is a little underexposed. Lovely details on the feathers, DOF, sat, comp excellent.


A very good instant with the focus of attention encircled and enhanced by frozen drops... Very good image

Your photos of kingfishers are amazing, and as I love those birds, I'll continue to explore your gallerie !

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